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[Special Report] Friends and Partners:Chinese President Xi Jinping's State Visit to the U.S.

 

September 23: Chinese President Xi Jinping talks with students practicing rugby during his visit to Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington.  by Lan Hongguang/Xinhua September 23: Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses a welcome ceremony presented by Boeing during his visit to the company’s commercial airplane factory in Everett, Washington, in which he points out that cooperation between China and Boeing will see a promising future. by Li Tao/Xinhua September 23: Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, listen to a demonstration of Microsoft’s data visualization technology during their visit to Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington.  by Lan Hongguang/Xinhua

From the U.S. West Coast hub, Xi then flew to Washington D.C. for a summit with Obama at the White House. The two leaders exchanged views on bilateral ties, respective domestic and foreign policies, and the regional and international situation to ensure that the new model of major-country relationship between China and the U.S. develops on a healthy track.

In the wake of China-U.S. sparring over the South China Sea, cyber security and other issues, which has fueled worries of a Thucydides Trap, experts believe that the Xi-Obama summit marks "a turning point for the better."

In Washington D.C., Xi also met U.S. Congressional leaders and attended a welcome luncheon hosted by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry.

From September 26 to 28, Xi spent three days in New York City attending a series of summits at the United Nations headquarters marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the global body.

Xi's entire U.S. trip "addresses two fundamental questions" in the eyes of Ruan Zongze, deputy head of China Institute of International Studies. "The first is what kind of China-U.S. relations China hopes to build. The second is what kind of international order China hopes to build."

Through the visit, China is reassuring the world of its commitment to steering the China-U.S. relationship towards a healthier and steadier track and playing the role of a builder and guardian of the international system, Ruan added. "Such messages matter."

 

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